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After an 8-year hiatus, Air Canada returns to India with Boeing 787-9

It earlier used to have a 'nonstop' flight utilising an Airbus 340 from Delhi to Toronto with a fuelling halt in Zurich.

Written by Sharmistha Mukherjee | New Delhi | Published: November 4, 2015 2:16:21 am

After a gap of eight years, Air Canada has re-launched flights to India deploying a new-age Boeing 787-9 on the route between New Delhi and Toronto.

It is the first non-stop flight between India and Canada and the fourth one with North America.

Air India flies direct between Delhi and New York and Chicago and United has a flight from Newark to Delhi.

Air Canada has resumed its flights to India after about eight years. It earlier used to have a ‘nonstop’ flight utilising an Airbus 340 from Delhi to Toronto with a fuelling halt in Zurich.

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Duncan Bureau, Air Canada’s global vice-president (sales), said, “The Dreamliner has made the route economics viable. We recently got two Boeing 787-9. The first service we launched on that plane is to Delhi. Canada has a significant Indian origin population. There are around 600 Canadian companies which have investments and equity partnerships in India. The Delhi-Toronto service will be four times a week till next September when the flight will become a daily.”

As per estimates, 1200 passengers travel between Delhi and Toronto each way daily.

The other service Air Canada will launch on the B 787-9 is Toronto-Dubai from Wednesday. The airline has 29 business, 21 premium economy and 237 economy class seats in this aircraft.

“With this nonstop we are not just connecting India and Canada but India and US too. Air Canada flies to 52 American cities and Canada has pre-clearance to US. So a US-bound passenger can clear US immigration and customs on arrival in Canada and then fly on to America as a domestic passenger. This is a big advantage Air Canada offers,” informed Bureau.

Air Canadais not looking at flying to more Indian cities immediately.

Delhi-Toronto: non-stop to Canada

It is the first nonstop flight between India and Canada and the fourth one with North America. Air India flies direct between Delhi and New York and Chicago and United has one from Newark to Delhi.

Air Canada has resumed its flights to India after about eight years. It earlier used to have a ‘nonstop’ flight utilising an Airbus 340 from Delhi to Toronto with a fuelling halt in Zurich.

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